The need for churches to stay in touch has become even more important as they have been closed for “social distancing”. Fortunately, we were already working on SMS messaging (aka text messaging) for Messaging Lists in eAdventist and made this new feature available to churches last week.
If your church hasn’t already created a Messaging List, you’ll need to do that first. Then contact us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to request an SMS number. Each list uses a separate SMS number so that:
- members always receive your messages from the same recognizable number
- when a member replies, eAdventist will forward it to your phone
- when you send a message to the number, eAdventist will send your message to the list
- if a member replies “STOP”, they only unsubscribe from one list
Each SMS line actually costs $1/month and each message costs $0.0075/recipient. However, eAdventist will purchase the number and cover this cost for your church.
Let us know if you’d like to explore starting a Messaging List or adding an SMS number to an existing one.
The eAdventist team